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Hi again, and happy Pi Day to those who observe. Welcome to the March 14, 2022, edition of This Week in WCIW, the weekly newsletter from Where Can I Watch – covering the latest news on where TV shows and movies will be available in Canada.
This week, we have news about streaming availability of the most recent Scream movie, a new(ish) Adele special, HBO Max's About Last Night, and more.
- Paramount+ added the new Scream movie (a.k.a. Scream 5) this past week in both Canada and the U.S., arriving less than 60 days after its theatrical release on January 14 (you may recall that, at the time, most Ontario cinemas were closed). We've also confirmed it's available via the Apple TV Channels version of Paramount+.
Between Scream and other recent movies like Snake Eyes and Paw Patrol: The Movie, it seems likely that Paramount+ will be the first streaming home (equivalent to what we sometimes call the "pay-1 window") of Paramount Pictures theatrical movies in Canadian going forward, though the situation seems a bit less clear-cut than for other studios. Most of Paramount's films from the previous couple of years, like Sonic the Hedgehog and A Quiet Place Part II, have initially gone to Prime Video in Canada. Oddly, the late 2020 limited release Spontaneous went to Crave, as did the French-language rights to Paw Patrol: The Movie (which was actually released theatrically in Canada by Elevation, not Paramount, but the latter seems to control home media rights worldwide).
- CTV has picked up Canadian rights (and NBC the U.S. rights) to An Audience with Adele, a concert special filmed in London and aired on ITV in the UK this past November (not to be confused with the Los Angeles-filmed CBS / Global special Adele One Night Only). Although An Audience With... is a longstanding ITV Studios format, the international distributor for this particular special appears to be Sony. The special will air this coming Sunday, March 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and will presumably be available on-demand for a short time thereafter on the CTV website and app.
- Crave has belatedly added About Last Night, the HBO Max celebrity relationship game show hosted by Ayesha and Stephen Curry, after debuting stateside in February. It's not clear whether Bell / Crave would have had to work out a distribution deal with WarnerMedia, which appears to owns the copyright to the series, or Fremantle, which has the final production logo and owns the underlying rights to the Tattletales game show format that this series is based on.
- Global will air the CBS (and CBS Studios-produced) family dancing competition Come Dance with Me, Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT starting April 15.
- A minor update from BritBox: the 2011–12 London Olympics mockumentary series Twenty Twelve starring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, and Olivia Colman, will be available starting March 22. If you haven't heard of this series, it's possible you've heard of W1A, the subsequent inside-the-BBC mockumentary series which features some of the same characters, which has been available on Netflix in Canada for some time.
- Just slightly off our usual beat, but of interest to us: the CBC has rebooted Street Cents, the 1989–2006 consumer affairs series for kids and teens, as a TikTok account, with plans to eventually repurpose content on other platforms like YouTube. Original co-host Jonathan Torrens had previously launched his own unaffiliated revival, Your Two Cents, on YouTube in 2019, which seems to be ongoing.
Recent updates on WCIW
We added a post about Turning Red, the new and critically-lauded Pixar film which debuted on Disney+ this past weekend. Beyond that, the biggest updates were to existing posts about How I Met Your Father (also now on Disney+ in Canada) and Kevin Can F**k Himself (season 1, which aired on AMC last year, is coming soon to Prime Video Canada, as mentioned in our March guide).
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